MOVEMBER: HOW MEN, AND WOMEN, ARE DOING AT THE HALF-WAY POINT

In 2003, the Movember movement began with just 30 men, the original ‘Mo Bros’ from Melbourne, Australia.

Since then, Movember has evolved into a community of over five million people across the world, including women as ‘Mo Sistas’.

Now in its 16th year, EN4 News has spoken to five people taking part to hear their motivations and how they are finding Movember now we are half-way through the month.

The original idea for Movember originated from two friends joking about ‘bringing the moustache back’. Inspired by their friend’s mother who was at the time fundraising for breast cancer, they chose to encourage their friends to join them in growing a ‘Mo’ and made their campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.

Since launching, Movember has raised over £598 million for men’s health around the world. Last year alone, participants across the UK raised over £10 million.

In addition to growing a moustache, people are invited to join the cause by running or walking 60 kilometres in November. The distance is to represent the 60 men who commit suicide every hour across the world.

To learn more, visit the Movember website and find out how you can get involved in Movember 2020.

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